Godliness With Contentment
“Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1Timothy 6:6
The way of the cross for every believer is the way of God’s love. It is the way of His Word. Here in Timothy 6 the apostle Paul is admonishing the young Timothy to teach others and to use the occasion of whatever state he finds himself as a place in which to live the life of godliness with contentment. Whether we are servants of a good compassionate master or a ruthless, evil one, we are to treat both with due respect and obedience, knowing that our lives are not to be lived for our pleasure but for God’s pleasure.
Ironically, when we do this we become the greater beneficiary. God is not enriched by our obedience to His laws. They are not put into place to make Him bigger, better, stronger or more informed. He knows all; He sees all, He posses all. So, who is the obedience for? It is for our benefit and for the benefit of our children. When we exhibit godliness, no matter how tough things get or how much pressure we may be under from time to time, we mirror the image of God to the world.
That is our greatest calling and promise that we should and will be like Jesus. Now, we have Him for our example and His Word for our confident assurance.
“For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” Peter 2:21-24
Jesus’s way was not anger, malice or revenge upon those who opposed Him, rather He submitted them to God’s righteousness and judgment.
“For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 Peter 1:17-21
Without question the audible voice of God from heaven is an assurance indeed, but for those who did not hear it directly and for those who did there is still an even greater more assured Word, that is, the Scriptures themselves.
If wealth is yours, use it to glorify God by blessing others, deal with a generous hand, enjoy its privileges, and be content it. That’s the way God wants you to live for His glory. If you are a servant then be the best, excel above the rest, as Joseph was before his masters in Egypt. In doing so he later became the second in command over all the nation. If servant-hood is your calling then be content in it and live Godly before all. Do not make wealth your aim in life. It is an empty elusive master that will lead you to many sorrows. But seek the kingdom way of life, Godliness with contentment.
Jesus was a servant to all. He bowed himself to die for our sins. There is no greater example of the servant living Godly before the world. But, He was content to do this, because He knew there was a joy to come; the joy of us being redeemed back to the Father, having our sins forgiven and our eternal, immortal lives restored through His suffering, death, burial and resurrection.
Being born again we have peace with God and now being filled with the Holy Spirit we can live godly with contentment before all the world that God may be glorified.
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Hebrews 12:1-3